Outdoors expo has something for the whole family on Aug. 16-17


Did you recently notice that quality summer break time with the kids is rapidly coming to an end? With schools starting in a matter of weeks, many families are looking for a few more activities before getting back to the grind of school and numerous other events.

The third annual CAMO Outdoors Expo has you covered with a number of events available for all members of your family. For a better view of the current flyer, click this link: expo2013x

The current slate of activities includes …

First things first, the website on the flyer, outdoorscamo.com has not yet been activited but soon will be. Just a heads up for those who may look for it. The expo is held at the Central Pennsylvania Wesleyan Campground just west of New Columbia, PA. It is easily accessible by Interstate 80, and is located off the New Columbia exit of Route 15, just a mile south of I-80.

Friday night, Aug. 16, there will be a pedal tractor pull for children. Last year’s pull attracted a large group of kids and this year’s event is expected to be larger than ever. It begins at 6 p.m. but please come beforehand to register.


Following the pedal tractor pulls, PPL naturalist will provide a special nature program for the whole family around the small lake at the Central Pennsylvania Wesleyan Campground starting at 8 p.m. He will lead the group in looking for signs of wildlife and will educate participants in the variety of species one can find late in the day in our local outdoors.

Saturday, Aug. 17, will offer a full slate of activities.

Youth-related activities are planned the entire day. Starting at 9 a.m., children and youth can participate in a fishing derby (all supplies provided, although you’re welcome to bring your own pole if you want) for bass and bluegills. There is also a BB gun shoot, archery shoot and slingshot shoot for the kids on campus. Horseback rides and a barrel train ride will be ongoing throughout the day, as well. All these events are free of charge.


A trap shoot competition will kick off around 9 a.m. and run all day for those who may be interested. Prizes will be awarded in two age classes: Under-16 and those 16 and over. The shoot will be held at the adjacent Showers Road Gun Club. All who plan to shoot must first register at the expo grounds and directions will be provided to the gun club at that time. All firearms must remain in the vehicle until you arrive at the gun club. Price is $4 per round for those in the older age class and $3 per round for the younger shooters.

An archery shoot will also be provided at the Showers Road Gun Club free of charge.  Again, you can get more details at the Central PA Wesleyan Campground the day of the expo.

At 10 a.m., longtime gun educator Fred Gast, of Watsontown, will oversee a family-based gun safety program. The goal of the session is to introduce people of all ages to firearms and to educate the fundamentals of gun safety. For more on the importance of why children should learn the basics of guns, check out this column. This program is also free of charge and will provide a hands-on component using modified guns that can’t fire.

At 11 a.m., expert angler Frank Angelo, of Middleburg, will share a hands-on fly-fishing demonstration for all skill levels. He will have a table set up the day of the show with various flies and other equipment he uses. He will be available to speak to individually throughout the day.

At 1 p.m., kayaks will be available for those who wish to try them out on the camp’s lake. This is for all age groups and skill levels. The kayaks are provided for the afternoon by Penns Creek Kayak from Penns Creek, PA. Life jackets will also be provided. Again, this is a free event.

A live trapping demonstration will be ongoing throughout the day, and expo visitors will be able to see various type of traps and how they are used.

A local trainer of bloodhounds will provide a unique training demonstration, complete with dummies. Check out these highly effective tracking machines at work. Time for this demonstration has yet to be finalized. Check back later for an update.

A turkey calling competition will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. It is an open competition available to all ages and types of calls. The first 20 to sign up for the event will be eligible for prizes as high as $200 for first place. Everyone who participates will win a prize. Check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the contest is being run by Earl Smith. Entry fee is $50 per participant. Contests include fly-down cackle, purrs and cuts, kee-kee run and your choice with a gobble call for tiebreaker. For more information, contact Earl at 717-694-0054.

Youth-based organizations including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be in attendance and membership information will be available throughout the day.

A home-cooked foodstand will be provided with proceeds going toward local children and youth ministries.

For more information, click here to contact us via email.

~ by zaktansky on July 30, 2013.

One Response to “Outdoors expo has something for the whole family on Aug. 16-17”

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